I am so attracted to the foliage of this plant.
Locally known as "Mutiara", which means pearl.
Scientifically known as "Medinilla Astronioides".
This plant originates from the Philippines.
Its dark green leaves are large, broad and pointed.
With deep and bold veins running from the base of each leaf to converge at the tip.
It is one of the most beautiful foliage my eyes ever laid on.
I was curious, though, as to how the plant be named 'pearl'.
I mean...looking at the leaf structure itself, there's really nothing 'pearl-y' about it.
My eyes were skimming through the foliage, when I saw 'it'. Bingo!!
Aahhhh... there it is.
Hidden among the thick foliage, are the pearls!
Gorgeous tiny round 'pearls'...
All clustered together into a ball.
And what a lovely sight to behold.
I could also see tiny little 'fingers' at the base of the stalk supporting those pearls.
Not sure what they are.
Then I spotted a pod in between the leaves of the next branch (above picture).
Seems like it has just sprung open and scattered tiny white dust all over the foliage.
Here is a close-up of those tiny white dust.
This plant can't tolerate the heat coming from direct tropical sun.
Best kept under shade.
There is not much information that I could gather for this plant in the web.
The above explanation are based solely on my observations.
Hope you have enjoyed reading as much as I have enjoyed writing them :)
Can't wait for the flowers aka 'pearls' to bloom.
Have a great day!!
Thanks for coming :)